Best Easterns

Some of the All-Time best films set in the first American Frontier. They often feel like Westerns, but they are set in the East (and a few Central). Alphabetically.
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1.
The Adams Chronicles (1976 Mini-Series)
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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families... (50 mins.)
 
2.
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
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In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians. (81 mins.)
 
3.
An American Girl Adventure (2005 TV Movie)
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When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper - colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner... (85 mins.)
Director: Nadia Tass
 
4.
Andersonville (1996 TV Movie)
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The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War. (167 mins.)
 
5.
The Andersonville Trial (1970 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia. (150 mins.)
Director: George C. Scott
 
6.
April Morning (1988 TV Movie)
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The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired... (100 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
7.
The Bastard (1978 TV Movie)
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Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance... (240 mins.)
Director: Lee H. Katzin
 
8.
The Beguiled (1971)
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While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts. (105 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
9.
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003 TV Movie)
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On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold... (100 mins.)
Director: Mikael Salomon
 
10.
The Blue and the Gray (1982 Mini-Series)
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. (381 mins.)
 
11.
The Bostonians (1984)
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A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future. (122 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
12.
The Broken Chain (1993 TV Movie)
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The story of 2 Iroquis brothers caught in the midst of the Revolutionary War. (93 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
13.
The Buccaneer (1938)
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Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812. (126 mins.)
 
14.
The Buccaneer (1958)
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During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson... (119 mins.)
Director: Anthony Quinn
 
15.
Cold Mountain (2003)
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In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. (154 mins.)
 
16.
The Colt (2005 TV Movie)
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During the heat of battle in the midst of the Civil War, a beguilingly innocent colt is born to Union Jim Rabb's beloved mare... (80 mins.)
Director: Yelena Lanskaya
 
17.
The Crossing (2000 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
 
18.
The Crucible (1996)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
19.
The Devil's Disciple (1959)
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The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War. (83 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
20.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
21.
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
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Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain. (87 mins.)
 
22.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
23.
Gangs of New York (2002)
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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
24.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
25.
George Washington (1984 Mini-Series)
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The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War. (480 mins.)
 
26.
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)
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The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together. (190 mins.)
 
27.
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
 
28.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
29.
Gods and Generals (2003)
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
 
30.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
31.
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
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During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way. (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Lyon
 
32.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (115 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
33.
The Howards of Virginia (1940)
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Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard... (116 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
34.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
 
35.
John Paul Jones (1959)
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The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia. (126 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
36.
Johnny Tremain (1957)
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Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself. (80 mins.)
 
37.
Lafayette (1961)
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During the American War of Independence, French officer and nobleman La Fayette comes to America's aid with men, money and weapons and becomes a Major-General under George Washington's command. (158 mins.)
Director: Jean Dréville
 
38.
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)
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The true love story of the conflict between Capt. Robert Adams' dedication to the south and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country. (96 mins.)
 
39.
Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
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Swashbuckler about the adventures of pirate Jean Lafitte after he helped save New Orleans from a British invasion during the War of 1812. (79 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
40.
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
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In the year 1756, Fort William Henry on Lake George is under siege by the French and Hurons under General Montcalm... (91 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
41.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
42.
Little Women (1933)
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
43.
Little Women (1949)
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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s... (122 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
44.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
45.
The New World (2005)
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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
46.
North and South (1985 Mini-Series)
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War. (561 mins.)
 
47.
Northwest Passage (1940)
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Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected. (126 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
48.
The Pathfinder (1952)
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Pathfinder, a white man raised by the Mohican Indians, joins forces with the British army to avenge himself on the Mingo warriors and the French... (78 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
49.
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
50.
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
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Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (105 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
51.
The Rebels (1979 TV Movie)
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Philip Kent(Andrew Stevens) takes part in the american revolution and the newly formed congress. (240 mins.)
Director: Russ Mayberry
 
52.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. (69 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
53.
The Red Badge of Courage (1974 TV Movie)
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During the Civil War, a young man enthusiastically joins the Union army thirsting to find glory and honor, but his first battle opens his eyes to the reality of how un-glorious and dishonorable war really is. (74 mins.)
Director: Lee Philips
 
54.
Revolution (1985)
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New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son... (126 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
55.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
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Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights... (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
56.
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
 
57.
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
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During the Revolutionary War, American Major John Boulton feigns desertion in order to uncover a British plot to seize the stronghold of West Point. (101 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
58.
The Scarlet Letter (1926)
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After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover. (115 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
59.
The Scarlet Letter (1934)
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In the seventeenth century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock. (69 mins.)
 
60.
The Scarlet Letter (1979 Mini-Series)
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In the 17th century Massachusetts, a married women, whose husband is missing, has a child with the local pastor. The puritanical residents of her town condemn her to carry the Scarlet Letter of shame. Then the husband shows up. (60 mins.)
Director: Rick Hauser
 
61.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
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An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences. (135 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
62.
1776 (1972)
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A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. (141 mins.)
Director: Peter H. Hunt
 
63.
Shenandoah (1965)
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In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob... (105 mins.)
 
64.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
65.
Sommersby (1993)
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A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
66.
A Southern Yankee (1948)
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A hapless bellboy in a St. Louis hotel near the end of the Civil War is recruited by the Union secret service to impersonate a notorious Confederate spy. (90 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
67.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)
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A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families... (102 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
68.
Unconquered (1947)
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War. (146 mins.)
 
69.
Valley Forge (1975 TV Movie)
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George Washington struggles to hold his army together at a critical point during the Revolutionary War. (75 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook